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School Bus Service for 2015-2016

OSTA is pleased to welcome three new operators (417 Bus Lines, National Passenger Services a div. of Stock Transportation & Voyageur Transportation Services) as well as three of our existing operators (Campeau, M.L. Bradley & Roxborough) who will be taking over routes from First Student in September 2015. To facilitate with the transition, OSTA has compiled a list of which operators will be servicing which school in the 2015-2016 school year.

View the operator list by school


    New Transportation Providers for 2015-2016     Contact Phone Number
    417 Bus Lines     613-764-2192
    National Passenger Services     613-822-8777
    Voyageur Transportation Services     613-567-1000


View contact information for ALL of our operators


Driver Appreciation Day a huge success!

osta-card-imageOn Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) hosted its first ever Driver Appreciation Day. We called upon school children all over the city to make thank you cards to be displayed at the event, and our students did not disappoint. The countless cards contained beautiful artwork and heartfelt messages from grateful school bus riders. The tremendous outpouring of support was truly touching. Congratulations go out to the following for receiving Safe Student Transportation Awards:

  • Robert Anderson, 35 years of service
  • Helene Lavergne , 37 years of service
  • Donna Buchanan , 37 years of service

osta-staffOver 200 school bus drivers attended the event, for guest speeches from members of our Board of Directors, and representatives from our partner school boards. There were door prizes, refreshments, and a slideshow. We hope to make this special event an annual tradition to support our school bus drivers. Thank you for the work that you do.

View our Facebook Driver Appreciation album +
View the article in The Ottawa Sun, April 10, 2015 +

Celebrate our first ever Driver Appreciation Day!

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, we will be hosting its first ever Driver Appreciation Day. This event gives us the chance to show our drivers how much we value their service. The event is for drivers and invited guests only, but you can still show your support!

We’re asking students to create thank you cards to give to their school principals. These cards will be given to OSTA and then displayed at the appreciation event. Everyone is invited to post positive message on our Facebook group – OSTA Driver Appreciation

“A driver’s welcoming smile and helping hand are so crucial to giving students the best start and end to their school day. Sometimes we forget how integral drivers are to the education of our youth and this event is a great way to remind ourselves of the importance of the driver in our business”, Vicky Kyriaco, General Manager/CAO of OSTA.

The event will be informal. Awards for safe driving will be given. There will be a slideshow, guest speakers and door prizes, as well as refreshments. Any drivers interested in attending the event should contact their dispatch. Email us as [email protected] for more information.

Proposed Variable Transportation Policy

OSTA is seeking your feedback regarding a new proposed policy that recognizes some students have two homes due to a joint custody/access arrangement between their parents/guardians.  The proposed policy and draft procedure outline the requirements and responsibilities for all parties while ensuring that safety of the student is at the forefront. View the frequently asked questions for more information. Please review the  and submit your comments through the electronic survey. The deadline for this survey was Friday, March 13, 2015.
draft variable policy and procedures

Final Bell Times and Walk Zones for September 2015

bar_graph1Approval of recommendations for bell time changes for the 2015-2016 school year have been completed. On November 10, 2014, the OSTA Board of Directors’ approved bell time changes of 10 minutes or less. On January 27, 2015, Member Boards were presented with bell time changes greater than 10 minutes and given approval. View the approved bell times for the 2015-2016 school year.
After months of conducting Public Consultation Sessions and reviewing/analyzing the feedback from our stakeholders, OSTA has FINALIZED the walk zone maps for all Ottawa-Carleton District and Ottawa Catholic School Boards. View the final walk zone maps.